Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
United States Constitution, First Amendment
“You’ve killed two of your children…not God, not your church, not religious devotion — you”
Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner (During sentencing of a couple to between three and a half and seven years behind bars for failing to obtain medical treatment for a child with pneumonia.)
The Schaibles lost a child in 2009, who died from pneumonia, and were sentenced to 10 years probation for involuntary manslaughter. Their probation required that they seek medical care if another of their children became sick.
Herbert Schaible, the father, told police that medicine violates their religious beliefs. “We believe in divine healing,” he said.
Readers commenting on the above-linked article in Time Magazine apparently agree:
Anyone who believes in RELIGION has no common sense.Anyone who believes in God has no common sense.All faiths are false.[T]his is so very stupid. what do they think? are they so righteous that God will answer their prayers and save their child when there is a doctor with medicine that can do the same?They are so foolish it is criminal.
Perhaps it’s time to go after the Anti-Vaccine people next. How many deaths has Jenny McCarthy caused with her ridiculous campaign against children’s safety.
But do not the Gospels repeatedly assert the power of faith to cure all ills? For example, not the gospel of Matthew not report:
And did Matthew’s Gospel not also record that while in Jericho, Jesus answered the blind Baltimaeus who called out to him:
20:51 …What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
And is not the power of faith to accomplish all things, of the very essence of Jesus’s message, as in his admonition to the disciples:
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17: 20
So whatever readers of Time Magazine may believe about the Christian faith, were not the Schaibles practicing their faith in accordance with the teachings of Jesus?
In view of the outcome, one may conclude either that the teachings of Jesus are false, or that the Shaibles lacked sufficient faith to save their sick child. But there seems no question that the Shaibles acted in accordance with the Christian religion as revealed in Holy Scripture.
And if that is so, was not the judgement against them, for adhering to the precepts of their faith as taught by Christ Jesus, in flat contradiction of the United States Bill of Rights and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? Was not the judgement against them not, in fact, a travesty of justice?
But then that is what one has come to expect in the United States. It is as though, with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, there was a change in the political polarization of the World. Following that moment of transition, Russia abandoned the drive for global empire, restored the Orthodox Catholic Church, introduced a system of representative government under the rule of law, while working for the demographic recovery to the Russian nation.
Simultaneously, the United States launched a struggle for global domination, aka the New World Order, became overtly hostile to the Christian faith of the founding American settlers, showed ever increasing contempt for the rule of law both at home and abroad, and sought to destroy the predominantly Euro-ethnic founding nation by undermining the fertility of native born Americans by every means from pornography to industrial-scale abortion, while promoting mass immigration.
Under those circumstances, the Shaibles are, as Americans, inevitable road-kill, much to the satisfaction of all those who read Time Magazine, apparently.